Don’t Forget The Bigger Picture!

We spent this cold and dreary Saturday hard at work.

There’s so much to get done when you’re trying to get a small business going. Being knee deep in research about taxes laws, marketing, and shop policies- I swear, it’s enough to make your head spin. It can be totally overwhelming. Working from the road is going to be a huge undertaking.

It’s a small scene in the bigger picture, I remind myself.

spreadsheet scheduling

So, I’m sitting there creating spreadsheets and writing out lists and schedules. Two hours go by.

The lines and numbers all start to blur (and my ADD kicks into overdrive), so I have to take a breather. I sit back, take a deep breath, and look over to see how far Ian’s gotten on one of his custom orders.

woodworking bookbinding

The bigger picture suddenly became a little clearer. There’s something so inspiring about watching someone work so passionately on a thing they really love to do.

One thing we’ve agreed on since the beginning is that we would do anything to create a life where we could do what we love. What’s the sense in spending years of your life doing anything else?

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

I had this quote painted on my bedroom wall when I was younger and, as an adult, I even tattooed a portion of it to my body. It’s an ideal I always want to live by.

Even if this plan of ours doesn’t work out, I know we won’t regret a single moment of it. How could you regret taking control of your own life and living it exactly the way you want to?

So, I’ll write the spreadsheets and I’ll make the lists and the schedules. I’ll dutifully pay my taxes and I’ll work out a business plan- whatever it takes as a sidekick to make sure he can continue to kick some woodworking ass.

We’ll get the business going, we’ll finish the bus, and then I can do what I do best- TRAVEL. I yearn for quiet mornings in the woods surrounded by singing birds and chirping insects- a book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. Days spent exploring new, unfamiliar cities. Long hikes through this country’s gorgeous national parks. Campfires with cold beers and new friends. Taking pictures of everything and anything. Settling down at the table to write with a view of the mountains through my bus window.

It won’t all be sunshine and rainbows, just like right now. There will be rough times- Walmart parking lots, short on cash, etc. I just have to remind myself not to lose sight of the bigger picture.

We do what we want and we accept the consequences.

Until next time!

Be kind and live purposely

Bowtie and the Bandit


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